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Top 10 Best Restaurants in London's West End

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Cheap discounted tickets in hand, family and friends in tow, musical drama and comedy to look forward. But wait, the stomach rumbles. The innards are speaking and they are saying “Don’t be thinking that you’re going to sit through two hours of West End theatre without feeding me first! Now, find me a restaurant that’s walking distance from the stage!” The West End of London eats tourists and shopping freaks alive with its bright light bonanza prices and slop-tray quality, so Fluid has done all the hard work for you and handpicked its Top 10 Best Restaurants.

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Bar / Restaurant

This Spanish rooftop restaurant in Soho boasts London's largest Cava Bar where you can sample the three-flute 'flights'. There's also a Cognac and Cigar Terrace (the menu for which includes, amongst others, a 45-year old Rignaud Soubourin Floriege cognac and the Cohiba Siglo VI Cuban cigar), as well as impeccable Spanish tapas and weekend feasting brunch menus with optional free-flowing bubbles and cocktails. Have a peak over the edge. Haha, look down at those poor, depressing shoppers below on Regent Street struggling with their consumerism. Hey, you down there, coo-ee; can you move along please. We're trying to bliss out up here on this cosy roof terrace and you're rather distracting.

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West End

This enchanting Italian restaurant is situated right next to the statue of Anteros at Piccadilly Circus in the West End, in the Grade II* listed building, described as one of the most historic restaurants in the world, The Criterion. The consistently elegant décor is nothing short of a fairy tale, not to mention the gorgeous semi-private room with its sumptuous Neo-Byzantine golden mosaic ceiling, marble columns and walls. It is the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. If that wasn't enough, their mouth-watering Italian delicacies will leave you with a lasting impression. This stunning scenery would make for a perfect date night, family dining, corporate events and even weddings.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

Rainforest Cafe is a tropical hideaway in the heart of the West End. This unusual restaurant recreates the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rainforest with the help of stunning special effects such as thunder and lightning storms, tropical rain showers and cascading waterfalls. The restaurant is also home to a cast of astounding, lifelike, animatronic inhabitants including chattering gorillas, a menacing jaguar and our trumpeting elephants. Rainforest Cafe offers a varied menu of American and tropical cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Combine this imaginative food with the magical scenery and you have a great time out for the whole family.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant

West End - Don't expect culinary genius here and you'll enjoy it fine. Possibly quite a shrewd first-date choice along with the National Portrait Gallery itself simply because the views down Whitehall and the golden spires of Westminster in the distance are a great conversation starter. A great wine list to enjoy not to mention the palpable feeling in the air that you are in the presence of history. These walls know secrets of generations, but they aren't telling. That's just not British.

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Bar / Restaurant

Devour classic Moroccan dishes in this seductive restaurant with candlelit tables and exotic furnishings. The fish tagine is heavenly and the silky couscous melts in the mouth. The invitingly plump banquettes make Momo the ideal place to unwind and sample the flavours of North Africa. After dinner, soak up the atmosphere in the adjoining bar, serving a range of delectable cocktails.

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This restaurant on Soho's Brewer Street is the 2nd London restaurant from Mark Hix, whose other establishments include Hix Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield's Market. The cuisine is the signature British that Mark is renowned for. The exquisite dishes include Grilled Orkney Lobster with garlic butter, Roe Deer Chop with celeriac mash, and Aberdeenshire Porterhouse Steak for two.

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St James
Bar / Restaurant
Modern Eclectic

The Wolseley provides that touch of glamour that we all need in our lives. A café and restaurant in the grand European tradition, think white tablecloths, art deco and waiting staff in waistcoats. It's a perfect place for a treat brunch, or treat anything really. The service is seamless, the building is beautiful and the food reliable good.

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West End

Bubba Gump Shrimp seafood restaurant near Piccadilly Circus pays tribute to the 90's hit movie Forrest Gump. Located in London's West End, it is Europe's only Forrest Gump themed restaurant, featuring décor from the film's setting, memorabilia, booth seating and retail store for true fans. There's a photo-worthy bus stop bench next the entrance, featuring that famous box of chocolates; get your Instagram feed at the ready. Bubba Gump is recognized for its outstanding service, making the perfect venue for a quirky date, family dining, Christmas parties or a fancy birthday party.

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